The Delusion of Meritocracy and the Culture of Entitlement

The Delusion of Meritocracy and the Culture of Entitlement

When I read the “admission-gate” scandal – I read it from multiple perspectives – as a university professor, as a psychologist, as a parent of college and high school age children, and as a person who writes about narcissism and entitlement.

The Obscene Price We Pay for Narcissistic Parents

The Obscene Price We Pay for Narcissistic Parents

Hard work is for people too dumb to game the system, and disadvantaged members of society are disadvantaged "by choice." Additional costs to the "side door" college admissions scandal: —The honest, genuinely talented youth denied admission because some undeserving rich kid with bogus SAT scores or photoshopped physical prowess finessed their way onto the water polo, rowing, or tennis teams.

Are All Narcissists Really That Toxic?

Are All Narcissists Really That Toxic?

When these facets of narcissism are crossed with motivation, the authors note, those high in admiration turn out to show the self-assured and dominant behaviors that allow them to feel empowered.

How Narcissistic Are You?

How Narcissistic Are You?

If it helps, use a 1-7 scale, with 1 being "Definitely not characteristic of me at all" and 7 being "yup, that's me alright!" These items comprise the narcissism subscale of Jonason and Webster's (2010) Dirty Dozen measure of a cluster of traits that psychologists call the Dark Triad .

The Communal Narcissist: A New Kind of Narcissist?

The Communal Narcissist: A New Kind of Narcissist?

According to Schröder-Abé and Fatfouta, one way to answer these questions is by measuring narcissists’ implicit and explicit self-perceptions.1 The current study was conducted to examine implicit and explicit self-views in communal narcissists. Communal narcissism was associated with explicit communal-self views only.

The Magnetic Power of the Narcissist Can Easily Draw You In

The Magnetic Power of the Narcissist Can Easily Draw You In

The job of the participants was to answer a series of questions about the targets including their apparent self-esteem, narcissism, likability, potential for becoming a friend, personality attributes associated with “communal” qualities (such as caring and helpful) and “egoistic” attributes (manipulative, arrogant, attention-seeking).

Have We Underestimated the Harm Caused by Low Self-Esteem?

Have We Underestimated the Harm Caused by Low Self-Esteem?

For the first time, a new study, “Psychological Correlates of Self-Harm within Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual UK University Students,” reports that low self-esteem may have a bigger influence on self-injury behaviors than depression or anxiety.

Why Do Narcissists Make Positive First Impressions?

Why Do Narcissists Make Positive First Impressions?

“We know [from past research] that people like those who have higher self-esteem,” says lead author Miranda Giacomin, a psychologist who teaches at MacEwan University in Canada. Despite accurate perceptions that narcissistic targets were self-absorbed, study participants still viewed grandiose narcissists as having high self-esteem and liked them more as a result.

Yet Another Selfie? You Might Be a Narcissist

Yet Another Selfie? You Might Be a Narcissist

"The results of this study suggest that both occur, but show that posting selfies can increase narcissism," he said in a university news release.

Narcissism May Have Some Previously Unrecognized Upsides

Narcissism May Have Some Previously Unrecognized Upsides

Papageorgiou recently picked up on this theme in another follow-up study, “The Positive Effect of Narcissism on Depressive Symptoms Through Mental Toughness: Narcissism May Be a Dark Trait but It Does Help with Seeing the World Less Grey,” which was published online Nov. 1, 2018, in the journal European Psychiatry.

Blush Much? The Role of Narcissism in Embarrassment

Blush Much? The Role of Narcissism in Embarrassment

According to the Dutch research team, children who are fated to become high in narcissism “feel superior to others, believe they are entitled to privileges, and crave admiration.” They expect to be lavished with inflated praise, and when their parents provide it non-stop, may become more narcissistic over time.

How to Spot a Red Narcissist Versus a Blue Narcissist

How to Spot a Red Narcissist Versus a Blue Narcissist

When it came to entitlement, those who were high in this facet of narcissism were much more likely to hold conservative political views. People high in exhibitionism tended to hold liberal political views on taxes, gun control and immigration.

What Leads an Interviewer to Ask You Unfair Questions?

What Leads an Interviewer to Ask You Unfair Questions?

As the manhole cover question shows, if you’ve ever been interviewed by someone who includes questions that seem irrelevant to the admission or job position you’re seeking, you can relate to the feeling of being completely stumped.

Why Narcissistic Parents Treat Their Children Like Babies

Why Narcissistic Parents Treat Their Children Like Babies

Indeed, the research conducted by Winner and Nicholson is based on the characterization of overparenting as “oversolicitous parenting observed in parents of younger children, where parents display high levels of warmth and involvement in situations where children do not need assistance or reassurance.” Its most damaging effects, they go on to argue, are most “troubling for the psychological development of young adult children” (p.